Nikon D60 DSLR Camera – Product Review

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This review is dedicated to the Nikon D60 DSLR Camera. I started having an interest in photography about 8 years ago, and the D60 was the camera I was given as a gift to inspire my interest a little bit more. There are so many different options when it comes to cameras but essentially the decision is for the most part Nikon vs Canon!

Yes, I will openly admit that I am a Nikon girl but I am not going to say anything negative about Canon. Nikon and Canon have similar models that are close in price so its pretty much just down to personal preference.

Nikon_D60

As a beginner, this camera has allowed me to practice with 10 MP, ISO sensitivity and 3D Matrix metering to name a few. It might not be the best camera especially nowadays given Nikon’s release of various newer models but if you are beginning to take photos and want to be able to shoot RAW images well, the D60 is great start. Check out eBay or another online merchant to find a great deal on a D60.

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More detailed Specifications about my Nikon D60 are:Β 

  • Effective Pixels – 10.2
  • Image Senor – 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD Sensor
  • ISO Sensitivity – ISO 100-1,600
  • MOnitor – SD memory card
  • Exposure Metering – 3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center- Weighted and Spot Metering
  • Exposure Modes – Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up, Night portrait) Programmed auto, Shutter- Priority auto, Aperture- priority auto, Manual
  • Built in flash

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The Pros

  • Very compact, Light body
  • Great learner camera
  • Easy to use
  • Eye Sensor

The Cons

  • 10.2 MP
  • Expensive
  • Outdated (just like with all other Technology)

Conclusion

This camera has creative features, extensive dust reduction, and incredible picture quality in a compact body.Β All in all you must find the camera that works best for your needs to be able to look back over all the memories you want to have captured. Through all of our travels my most treasured moments are the ones that I have looked through the viewfinder and taken a memory that will last ages. After having this camera through many years of memories I am currently looking to update my camera, looking at a possible Nikon D7100. However the Nikon DF is pretty cool but might be a little unrealistic!

*In no way was I compensated for this review, this is solely my personal opinion/experience*

34 COMMENTS

  1. I currently have both a Nikon and a Canon, and both are getting on in years. The Nikon is older so the Canon has some features that the Nikon does not have. At some time soon I will be looking for a new camera, and this information will be very helpful in making a decision.

  2. The good thing also is that it uses SD cards which is cheap…the upgraded DSLRs use CF cards which is still incredibly expensive even for 16mb cards….ouch. I have an old Canon 12 MP on SD that i love to use for backup since i still have alot of SD cards.

    • Very true!! SD cards are a great feature to anything!! Small and compact and easy to download from. I think that is probably what will happen with mine when I do eventually upgrade. Thank you for the support. πŸ™‚

  3. There is nothing wrong with an inexpensive entry-level DSLR, whatever the brand may be. Learn the camera, shoot lots, and then, go shoot some more. I’d go further and say that my iPodTouch has helped inform me of different ways of looking at photography than I would’ve had if I only had my entry-level DSLR (which was a Canon 450D/XSi).

    • I totally agree with you, its all about learning and exploring! iPod’s do have a great camera and very lightweight and easy to use. DSLR’s have a lot more options as far as attachments ( lens, flash, etc) which makes them appeal to me personally, however I am as much an Apple girl as I am a Nikon πŸ™‚ Thanks for your support.

    • I have the Canon 50D which is still going strong although I must admit, it went in for a repair recently (communication error between camera body and any lenses). I’ve been pretty happy with it to be fair although I’ve never owned a Nikon to be able to appreciate the differences. I just wish I had more time to practice my photography and get to grips with using the manual mode more.

      • I think that is a struggle amongst all of us to find more time to practice our skill. I have used a Canon here and there but I always seem to go back to the Nikon.. All personal preference. πŸ™‚

  4. Great review! I’m also a Nikon girl but only because my uncle is a photographer and happens to use Nikons πŸ˜› However, lately I have some problems with my Nikon and I found out this *thing* doesn’t only happen to me. I’m actually thinking about going back to a bit smaller camera… But I’m still in love with my Nikon, it just makes wonderful photos! This D60 looks amazing =)

  5. I’m a Nikon girl but only because my uncle is a photographer and uses Nikons. I love it though, wouldn’t know the ability of a Canon but I guess they are quite similar. However, I recently experienced some problems with my manual… Some parts like the M doesn’t work anymore, apparently it is a well-known Nikon problem.. πŸ™

  6. I have a canon powershot right now that’s a SLR but am looking to upgrade to DSLR…I heard Nikon is a bit harder to learn how to use though and I’m still such a newbie. I might look into this one though if it’s a great starter DSLR camera.

    • Its all personal preference, to me any DSLR will be different from a point-and-shoot camera. I just happen to veer towards Nikon, a lower model like my D60 is a great beginning camera to learn on. I have been using this camera for many years that I am currently shopping for a more advanced DSLR. Always a hard decision. πŸ™‚

  7. I have a Canon EOS60D which I absolutely love: the color of the pictures is so rich and the shutter speed has the ability to capture movement perfectly. I also have a Sony DSCHX300 which is lightweight, has an awesome zoom, takes amazing movies as well as amazing pictures. I sometimes opt to take both along but for long strenuous hikes, I usually just take my Sony. My husband is also into photography and has a Canon as well. (similar to mine but a more recent model)

    Personally, I feel it is sometimes not about the camera but working with natural light and angles, depth, position, and the composition of the overall shot.

  8. Heather, that’s very useful information. I love taking photos but am not at all technical regarding the camera I use. I feel it takes good photos and pretty good video also. It is a Canon EOS 550D which I am aware is outdated, but I am happy with it.

    • Thanks so much for your support! If you are comfortable while using your camera and the photos still look great to you, then its not outdated yet πŸ™‚ I have studied my camera for awhile now and still find new things out all the time.

  9. I have to admit I’m a Canon girl through and through, but only because that’s what I’ve been brought up on. We have several cameras that we cart around on our travels, because they all have their own unique features, would be great to have one like yours that does nearly everything!

    • I totally understand, I think that it’s nice to be able to have a couple options (very rarely do we find something that meets all of our requirements) to use depending on the situation πŸ™‚ Thanks for your support.

  10. I used to have a Pentax camera, but decided to change it either for Canon or Nikon. I ended up buying Canon Rebel t3i. If I had read this post just a month ago, I could have chosen differently.

  11. I have to admit I’m a Canon girl and probably always will be. My first and current DSLR is a T3i which I’m still learning everything on – not the most advanced camera but still amazing. With that being said, my mom has the equivalent in Nikon and I don’t dislike it…I just like to stick to one brand that I know.

  12. Perfect as a beginner camera for sure! I’m personally a Canon user, but I used Nikon when I worked at a small newspaper and I can definitely say both are great companies and they know what they are doing. Good review for the newbies definitely πŸ˜€

  13. We recently purchased our first DSLR – the Canon t3i and we’re learning so much! I’m sure we will eventually upgrade but so far, this camera has worked quite well for us! I think whether you go with a Nikon or a Canon, you’ll get a great camera!

  14. My opinion is that Canon was well above Nikon for a long time, but these times have gone and now they are at more or less the same level. For some reason (I find it completely personal) I also prefer Nikon, we have a D90 reflex and probably would not be able to get used to Canon any more. Great review by the way, sums up well the pros and cons for this camera!

  15. Great write up! I’ve always been reluctant to move over into the DSLR realm for three main reasons, the price, the bulk when carrying it around and finally the quality of shots often isn’t THAT much better than a really good digital camera and some creativity. But I have to say I’m swaying in my decisions again. Hey, at least either option isn’t a cursed goPro! Haha!

    • I totally agree that is the hardest decision to make, the biggest drawback of a DSLR is the pure weight of carrying it everywhere however it is often the biggest payoff when you see the end result.

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